The State Museum of Pennsylvania

The State Museum of Pennsylvania We are The State Museum of Pennsylvania history, science and art. To contact PHMC, please visit http://www.phmc.pa.gov . Since its creation in 1905, The State Museum of Pennsylvania has collected, preserved, researched, and interpreted the cultural and natural history of the state.
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Originally located next to the Capitol, the museum moved to its current location in 1964. It became a bureau of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission in 1945.

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Interested in how we manage our collections?  Ever wanted to explore our collections and don't know how to start? Start ...
06/19/2021
State Museum Perspectives: Online Collections

Interested in how we manage our collections? Ever wanted to explore our collections and don't know how to start? Start by watching this recording of a State Museum Perspectives! https://youtu.be/BWOj-mn1yxA

Then head on over to our database to dive in https://bit.ly/3gs7E4N

Learn how you can get a behind-the-scenes look at The State Museum’s and PHMC’s treasures from your own computer. State Museum director Beth Hager will talk...

Fritillary is the name of a flower and a butterfly! Both the plant and the insect have distinct checkered markings. This...
06/19/2021

Fritillary is the name of a flower and a butterfly! Both the plant and the insect have distinct checkered markings. This silver-bordered fritillary also has bands of metallic silver spots on the undersides of its hindwings. Found near bogs, marshes, sedge meadows and swamps, this small butterfly can be seen throughout the summer. Violets found near wetlands, such as Viola glabella, are host plants for the fritillary. Look for the adults feeding on common milkw**d, butterfly w**d and purple coneflower. #ExplorePA #InYourYard #GetOutside

Fritillary is the name of a flower and a butterfly! Both the plant and the insect have distinct checkered markings. This silver-bordered fritillary also has bands of metallic silver spots on the undersides of its hindwings. Found near bogs, marshes, sedge meadows and swamps, this small butterfly can be seen throughout the summer. Violets found near wetlands, such as Viola glabella, are host plants for the fritillary. Look for the adults feeding on common milkw**d, butterfly w**d and purple coneflower. #ExplorePA #InYourYard #GetOutside

#DidYouKnow?  American potters’ early experiments with stoneware were influenced by their European predecessors, most no...
06/19/2021
Pennsylvania Archaeology - American Grey Stoneware

#DidYouKnow? American potters’ early experiments with stoneware were influenced by their European predecessors, most notably English & German styles such as Fulham and Rhenish. #archaeology ➡ https://phmc.info/3gG5ugK

This week we continue with our ongoing series of posts on early historic ceramics found on archaeological sites in Pennsylvania. As with ot...

Summer is here! Looking for some experiments to do with the kids? Take a minute explore why some liquids mix together ea...
06/18/2021
Curiosity Kids 👉 Liquids

Summer is here! Looking for some experiments to do with the kids? Take a minute explore why some liquids mix together easily and some don’t mix at all. #PACuriosityKid #Liquids #experiment https://youtu.be/t9_vkfYBzoQ

Explore why some liquids mix together easily and some don’t mix at all. Try the experiment yourself.

Join State Museum Director Beth Hager and Dr. Walter Meshaka Friday, June 25 at 12:15pm as he discusses his work with tu...
06/18/2021

Join State Museum Director Beth Hager and Dr. Walter Meshaka Friday, June 25 at 12:15pm as he discusses his work with turtles at Wildwood Park in Harrisburg, PA.

Virtual programs are free, but registration is required. Visit https://bit.ly/3q45U4Y to register now.

Join State Museum Director Beth Hager and Dr. Walter Meshaka Friday, June 25 at 12:15pm as he discusses his work with turtles at Wildwood Park in Harrisburg, PA.

Virtual programs are free, but registration is required. Visit https://bit.ly/3q45U4Y to register now.

Join us today at 12:15pm for a discussion about the Pennsylvania Grand Review and its significance. Virtual program is f...
06/18/2021

Join us today at 12:15pm for a discussion about the Pennsylvania Grand Review and its significance.

Virtual program is free, but registration is required. Visit https://bit.ly/3gsybgW to sign up now.

Join us today at 12:15pm for a discussion about the Pennsylvania Grand Review and its significance.

Virtual program is free, but registration is required. Visit https://bit.ly/3gsybgW to sign up now.

Summer has a sting in its tail as Scorpius travels across the southern sky. The bright red supergiant star Antares creat...
06/16/2021

Summer has a sting in its tail as Scorpius travels across the southern sky. The bright red supergiant star Antares creates the scorpion's heart with the hooked tail below. The constellation Libra leads the scorpion across the sky, but ancient astronomers viewed Libra as the scropion's claws. Two of Libra's star names, Zubenelgenubi and Zubeneschamali, are derived from their original Arabic meaning "the southern claw" and "the northern claw" respectively. #PlanetariumPA #constellation

Summer has a sting in its tail as Scorpius travels across the southern sky. The bright red supergiant star Antares creates the scorpion's heart with the hooked tail below. The constellation Libra leads the scorpion across the sky, but ancient astronomers viewed Libra as the scropion's claws. Two of Libra's star names, Zubenelgenubi and Zubeneschamali, are derived from their original Arabic meaning "the southern claw" and "the northern claw" respectively. #PlanetariumPA #constellation

Looking to plant some new flowers in your garden? Take a few and watch this recording of  Learn at Lunchtime for some ti...
06/15/2021
Adventures in Nature Lab: Native PA Flowers for Your Garden

Looking to plant some new flowers in your garden? Take a few and watch this recording of Learn at Lunchtime for some tips from Botanist, Andrew Rohrbaugh from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau. https://youtu.be/fS_vmly5lps

Are you planning to plant a flower garden this spring? Join Botanist, Andrew Rohrbaugh from the PA DCNR Bureau of Forestry for a talk about the value of plan...

Did you know that the first African American to serve as a war correspondent for a major daily newspaper was from Harris...
06/15/2021

Did you know that the first African American to serve as a war correspondent for a major daily newspaper was from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania? Join Dr. Frank Smith, Director of The African American Civil War Memorial and Museum in Washington, DC Friday, June 18 at 12:15pm for a discussion about the Pennsylvania Grand Review and its significance.

Virtual program is free, but registration is required. Visit https://bit.ly/3gsybgW to sign up now.

Did you know that the first African American to serve as a war correspondent for a major daily newspaper was from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania? Join Dr. Frank Smith, Director of The African American Civil War Memorial and Museum in Washington, DC Friday, June 18 at 12:15pm for a discussion about the Pennsylvania Grand Review and its significance.

Virtual program is free, but registration is required. Visit https://bit.ly/3gsybgW to sign up now.

Flag Day celebrates the adoption of the Stars and Stripes as our official National Flag. Have you ever wondered what the...
06/14/2021
Explore! ➡️ Pennsylvania State Flag

Flag Day celebrates the adoption of the Stars and Stripes as our official National Flag.

Have you ever wondered what the images on the Pennsylvania flag represent or what is the meaning behind the choice of the color blue? Find out more about the design of the official state flag of Pennsylvania. #flagday https://youtu.be/eOS0OExkTYw

Did you ever wonder what the images on the Pennsylvania flag represent or what is the meaning behind the choice of the color blue?  Find out more about the d...

Charles H. Weisgerber (1856-1932) painted this monumental canvas (9’ x 12’) from 1892-93 to honor the legend of Betsy Ro...
06/14/2021

Charles H. Weisgerber (1856-1932) painted this monumental canvas (9’ x 12’) from 1892-93 to honor the legend of Betsy Ross and the creation of the first American flag. Weisgerber was inspired by the widely circulated account of Ross presenting the first flag to George Washington, Robert Morris, and George Ross in her Philadelphia home. While the true designer of the “Stars and Stripes” remains a mystery, Weisgerber's painting nonetheless calls attention to Betsy Ross' (1752-1836) compelling personal story.

The painting gained considerable public attention after it was exhibited in Pennsylvania's pavilion at the Chicago Columbian Exposition in 1893. “Birth of Our Nation’s Flag” was donated to The State Museum of Pennsylvania by the Weisgerber family in 2001. #CuratorsChoice #FlagDay #BetsyRoss

Explore this painting our online collections database http://ow.ly/FgJX50AolGN

Charles H. Weisgerber (1856-1932) painted this monumental canvas (9’ x 12’) from 1892-93 to honor the legend of Betsy Ross and the creation of the first American flag. Weisgerber was inspired by the widely circulated account of Ross presenting the first flag to George Washington, Robert Morris, and George Ross in her Philadelphia home. While the true designer of the “Stars and Stripes” remains a mystery, Weisgerber's painting nonetheless calls attention to Betsy Ross' (1752-1836) compelling personal story.

The painting gained considerable public attention after it was exhibited in Pennsylvania's pavilion at the Chicago Columbian Exposition in 1893. “Birth of Our Nation’s Flag” was donated to The State Museum of Pennsylvania by the Weisgerber family in 2001. #CuratorsChoice #FlagDay #BetsyRoss

Explore this painting our online collections database http://ow.ly/FgJX50AolGN

Looking to take a break this afternoon? Join our Planetarium Director today at 2pm and spend an hour learning about June...
06/13/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Second Sundays: Tonight’s Sky a Live Chat with the Planetarium Director. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Looking to take a break this afternoon? Join our Planetarium Director today at 2pm and spend an hour learning about June's night sky.

Virtual program is free, registration is required. Visit https://bit.ly/3fkHmQ6 to register.

Join Museum Educator and Planetarium Director Linda Powell to explore Tonight's Sky in a virtual planetarium program and chat. We have all looked up at the night sky and enjoyed its beauty and mystery, but what’s up there that we can spot just using our eyes? Let’s discover what you can observe ...

Most of us can identify the shape of the Big Dipper in the sky, but did you know that this familiar sight is not a const...
06/12/2021

Most of us can identify the shape of the Big Dipper in the sky, but did you know that this familiar sight is not a constellation but an asterism? Those seven stars are actually part of a constellation called Ursa Major. Explore more about constellations and asterisms seen in the Pennsylvania night sky and design your own constellations. #PAExplore #Explore! #BigDipper #Asterisms #Constellations

Zebra swallowtail butterflies are a beautiful sight with black zebra-like stripes on long triangular shaped white wings....
06/12/2021

Zebra swallowtail butterflies are a beautiful sight with black zebra-like stripes on long triangular shaped white wings. Beauty isn’t their only value, as adults butterflies feed on nectar from flowers such as redbud, milkw**d and verbena, pollinating flowering plants and serving as food for other animals such as birds, reptiles and other insects. Every animal has to eat! #ExplorePA #InYourYard #GetOutside

Zebra swallowtail butterflies are a beautiful sight with black zebra-like stripes on long triangular shaped white wings. Beauty isn’t their only value, as adults butterflies feed on nectar from flowers such as redbud, milkw**d and verbena, pollinating flowering plants and serving as food for other animals such as birds, reptiles and other insects. Every animal has to eat! #ExplorePA #InYourYard #GetOutside

In May 1865, Washington D.C. hosted a Grand Review for Union armies. However, African American regiments were not invite...
06/11/2021

In May 1865, Washington D.C. hosted a Grand Review for Union armies. However, African American regiments were not invited to participate in this celebration. In response, residents of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania organized an alternative Grand Review for these veterans on November 14, 1865.

On Friday, June 18 at 12:15pm, join Dr. Frank Smith, Director of the African American Civil War Museum in Washington, DC for a discussion about the Pennsylvania Grand Review and its significance.

Virtual program is free, but registration is required. Visit https://bit.ly/3gsybgW to sign up now.

In May 1865, Washington D.C. hosted a Grand Review for Union armies. However, African American regiments were not invited to participate in this celebration. In response, residents of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania organized an alternative Grand Review for these veterans on November 14, 1865.

On Friday, June 18 at 12:15pm, join Dr. Frank Smith, Director of the African American Civil War Museum in Washington, DC for a discussion about the Pennsylvania Grand Review and its significance.

Virtual program is free, but registration is required. Visit https://bit.ly/3gsybgW to sign up now.

If you have orange sulfur in your yard, don’t worry it won’t smell! It's a butterfly! PA butterflies & moths sometimes h...
06/10/2021

If you have orange sulfur in your yard, don’t worry it won’t smell! It's a butterfly! PA butterflies & moths sometimes have unusual names. Join us Friday, June 11 12:15PM to find out about our native Lepidoptera population.

Virtual program is free, registration is required visit https://bit.ly/3xVLzSU

If you have orange sulfur in your yard, don’t worry it won’t smell! It's a butterfly! PA butterflies & moths sometimes have unusual names. Join us Friday, June 11 12:15PM to find out about our native Lepidoptera population.

Virtual program is free, registration is required visit https://bit.ly/3xVLzSU

Have you been enjoying these warm nights outside looking at the night sky? Want to know more about what you are seeing? ...
06/09/2021

Have you been enjoying these warm nights outside looking at the night sky? Want to know more about what you are seeing? Join our Planetarium Director Sunday, June 13 at 2pm.

Virtual program is free, registration is required. Visit https://bit.ly/3fkHmQ6 to register.

Have you been enjoying these warm nights outside looking at the night sky? Want to know more about what you are seeing? Join our Planetarium Director Sunday, June 13 at 2pm.

Virtual program is free, registration is required. Visit https://bit.ly/3fkHmQ6 to register.

Planning a summer trip? Did you know you can pre-purchase your tickets? Visit http://phmc.info/SMOPTickets to purchase t...
06/08/2021

Planning a summer trip? Did you know you can pre-purchase your tickets? Visit http://phmc.info/SMOPTickets to purchase tickets early!

Before your visit, please take a moment to visit http://statemuseumpa.org/reopening to review our current hours and some new procedures.

Planning a summer trip? Did you know you can pre-purchase your tickets? Visit http://phmc.info/SMOPTickets to purchase tickets early!

Before your visit, please take a moment to visit http://statemuseumpa.org/reopening to review our current hours and some new procedures.

Whether large or small, brightly colored or camouflaged, butterflies and moths are not only beautiful, but are also ecol...
06/08/2021

Whether large or small, brightly colored or camouflaged, butterflies and moths are not only beautiful, but are also ecologically important. Join Betsy Leppo, Invertebrate Zoologist with the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy Friday, June 11 at 12:15pm as we talk about native Pennsylvania butterflies and moths and the impact that human development has had on the Lepidoptera population.

Virtual program is free, registration is required visit https://bit.ly/3xVLzSU

Whether large or small, brightly colored or camouflaged, butterflies and moths are not only beautiful, but are also ecologically important. Join Betsy Leppo, Invertebrate Zoologist with the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy Friday, June 11 at 12:15pm as we talk about native Pennsylvania butterflies and moths and the impact that human development has had on the Lepidoptera population.

Virtual program is free, registration is required visit https://bit.ly/3xVLzSU

#DYK Gray foxes are one of the few members of the dog family, Canidae, that can climb trees? While most canines have blu...
06/07/2021

#DYK Gray foxes are one of the few members of the dog family, Canidae, that can climb trees? While most canines have blunt fixed claws built for running, Gray foxes have semi-retractable claws that can be used for climbing.

Find out more about #Pennsylvania's mammals in our #PAMammalHall 360 tour here statemuseumpa.org/pamammalhall

#DYK Gray foxes are one of the few members of the dog family, Canidae, that can climb trees? While most canines have blunt fixed claws built for running, Gray foxes have semi-retractable claws that can be used for climbing.

Find out more about #Pennsylvania's mammals in our #PAMammalHall 360 tour here statemuseumpa.org/pamammalhall

Colonial Ceramics - Porcelain
06/07/2021
Colonial Ceramics - Porcelain

Colonial Ceramics - Porcelain

This week we go back to our series on early historic ceramics recovered from archaeological sites and their significance in interpreting the...

Have you been enjoying these summer nights outside looking at the night sky? Want to know more about what you are seeing...
06/06/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Second Sundays: Tonight’s Sky a Live Chat with the Planetarium Director. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Have you been enjoying these summer nights outside looking at the night sky? Want to know more about what you are seeing? Join our Planetarium Director Sunday, June 13 at 2pm.

Virtual program is free, registration is required. Visit https://bit.ly/3fkHmQ6 to register.

Join Museum Educator and Planetarium Director Linda Powell to explore Tonight's Sky in a virtual planetarium program and chat. We have all looked up at the night sky and enjoyed its beauty and mystery, but what’s up there that we can spot just using our eyes? Let’s discover what you can observe ...

As the temperatures soar from spring to summer, so do the butterflies!  But these winged insects don’t begin life in the...
06/05/2021

As the temperatures soar from spring to summer, so do the butterflies! But these winged insects don’t begin life in the sky, it starts on the ground. An egg laid on a host plant will hatch into a caterpillar, like this pipevine swallowtail larva, which will then feed off that plant. After finding a suitable location, the larva will transform into a pupa, also called a chrysalis. The adult butterfly will then emerge, soaring into the air to begin the cycle again by mating and laying eggs. #ExplorePA #InYourYard #GetOutside

As the temperatures soar from spring to summer, so do the butterflies! But these winged insects don’t begin life in the sky, it starts on the ground. An egg laid on a host plant will hatch into a caterpillar, like this pipevine swallowtail larva, which will then feed off that plant. After finding a suitable location, the larva will transform into a pupa, also called a chrysalis. The adult butterfly will then emerge, soaring into the air to begin the cycle again by mating and laying eggs. #ExplorePA #InYourYard #GetOutside

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